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How to Work With Sony FDR-AXP35 XAVC S Videos in FCP 7/X

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Besides balanced Optical SteadyShot and a ZEISS lens for utmost image quality, Sony FDR-AXP35 relives memories in rich 4K resolution in XAVC S codec with about four times more detail than Full HD. However, the problem that filmmaker considered is that how to make these outstanding 4K XAVC S videos from Sony FDR-AXP35 into Final Cut Pro or other NLEs for editing smoothly. Now this article will offer you tips and tricks for importing Sony AXP35 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro 7/X.

As we know, XAVC S (*.mp4) format is efficient but it is not ideal for editing, which isn't engineered to maintain quality during complex post production effects processing. Uncompressed HD format delivers superior image quality, but data rates and file sizes can stop a workflow dead in its tracks. To solve the problem, the quick workaround is to transcode Sony FDR-AXP35 XAVC S to FCP X/7 natively supported formats (Apple ProRes is highly recommended). Along with some help from Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, it can be done effortlessly.

Overall, it is one of the best XAVC S to ProRes Converter under OS X(including Mavericks, Yosemite). With it, you can effortlessly transcode XAVC S to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X without quality loss. Besides ProRes, it can also convert XAVC/XAVC S to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro to meet users' different needs. Now, download the software on computer and follow the steps below to start conversion.

Download the XAVC S to FCP Converter:

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How to Import Sony FDR-AXP35 XAVC S files to FCP

Step 1. Load XAVC S files to the program

You can directly drag and drop the Sony AXP35 footage to the software, or click "Add" to locate the XAVC S files into the program. Batch conversion is supported.

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Step 2: Choose an optimal target format

Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as output format, which should work with Final Cut Pro perfectly.

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Tip: If you wanna, you can go to the "Settings" page to customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3: Start XAVC S to ProRes conversion

Hit the Convert button in the main interface to start converting Sony FDR-AXP35 XAVC S to FCP 7/X compatible ProRes .mov on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can run Apple Final Cut Pro, go to File -> Import -> Files..., and browse to where you save the converted XAVC S clips to. Choose the videos that you'd like to add for further editing.

If you want to make your XAVC S files editable in iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, After Effects, etc. the Mac XAVC S Converter will also be a great choice for you. Choose a proper output format like "iMovie and Final Cut Express-Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" for iMovie in the second step.

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